California’s 18th Congressional District is unique not only as the home to thousands of our nation’s veterans, but also as the location of one of our nation’s premier medical facilities, the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Since being elected to Congress, Rep. Eshoo has consistently fought to provide veterans with the benefits they’ve earned serving our nation, successfully led efforts to open the nation’s largest Fisher House in Palo Alto, and has worked to ensure that the staff and facilities at VA Palo Alto receive the resources they need to provide for our region’s veterans, as well as our young men and women returning from service overseas.

The Veterans Administration is expected to treat 5.8 million patients over the next year, including approximately 263,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Rep. Eshoo continues to fight in Congress for adequate investment in veterans’ health care and benefits to meet the needs of our troops as they return home, as well as for those who have served before them.

Families of Veterans

In 1972, Congress established the Military Survivor's Benefits Plan (SBP) to provide retirees' survivors an annuity. This plan is purchased by retirees or provided to survivors of Active Duty service members who died in the line of duty. It provides...

Fisher House

To assist these brave men and women in their recovery, Rep. Eshoo led the effort in Congress in 2004 to urge the Fisher House Foundation to build a Fisher House at VA Palo Alto. The Fisher House Foundation is a unique public-private partnership which...

The G.I. Bill

In 2008, Congress passed a new G.I. Bill which creates a new permanent entitlement program that provides veterans with a maximum educational benefit equal to the highest tuition rate of a public college or university in their state, as well as a monthly...

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is a major tertiary care referral center, providing primary, secondary and tertiary care within a large geographical region encompassing a 10 county, 13,500 square mile area, serving approximately 350,000 veterans. The...

Veterans Administration Backlog

Far too many of our nation's veterans are forced to wait, some for more than a year, to receive the disability benefits they deserve. Rep. Eshoo has worked closely with many veterans in her district to assist with their claims and ensure they receive...

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and understand the realities of war. In October 2000, Rep. Eshoo voted...

Veterans' Health Care

Rep. Eshoo has championed the best possible healthcare for our troops and veterans and continues to ensure that all of our nation's heroes are provided for. Rep. Eshoo voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which was carefully...

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